Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with Sen. Bill Nelson on regulation

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg holds a mobile phone while speaking with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) inside the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, U.S., April 9, 2018.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg holds a mobile phone while speaking with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) inside the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, U.S., April 9, 2018.

Zuckerberg will testify amid backlash over the revelation that will consulting firm Cambridge Analytica may have misused the personal information of up to 87 million people. Nelson said he found Zuckerberg “forthright in addition to honest to the degree that will he could” be during their meeting.

The Facebook CEO also aims to assure lawmakers that will the company will be doing enough to combat the spread of misinformation on its platform. Facebook has acknowledged that will about 126 million people may have seen misleading content through a Russian agency around the time of the 2016 election.

Several lawmakers have pushed for tougher regulation of social media companies. In his testimony that will week, Zuckerberg plans to say Facebook supports the Honest Ads Act, proposed legislation which aims to better disclose the source of political advertising. He will also highlight Facebook’s efforts so far to limit data developers can access in addition to delete fake accounts through the platform.

The Facebook CEO may have to take “a lot more action inside the future,” Nelson said.

“My sense will be that will he takes the idea seriously because he knows that will there will be going to be a hard look at regulation,” the senator said. “If the idea’s not his site, someone else can be misused for people who are trying to do us harm. in addition to I believe he understands that will regulation could be right around the corner.”

Despite some momentum for passing a bill, Congress will be unlikely to do so that will year as lawmakers prepare for the upcoming midterm elections. Nelson said the jurisdiction of federal agencies complicates matters: he thinks the Federal Communications Commission, as well as the Federal Trade Commission, should have a role in regulating social media platforms.

Zuckerberg was also likely to meet with Commerce Committee Chairman Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., in addition to the top Republican in addition to Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa in addition to Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, respectively.

Zuckerberg testifies before both of those Senate panels Tuesday, followed by the House Energy in addition to Commerce Committee on Wednesday.

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